I need some real world help/advice in the anchoring
department. I'm preparing for my second bareboat charter
(first in the BVI). My first anchoring
attemps (on first BB charter) were an absolute fiasco. I'm sure there are forum stories about me and my anchoring attempts.
The problem is that I sail at a club where we always come back to a mooring
ball. So I never get to anchor
. My sailing lessons
involved dropping the anchor
once.. but that was about it.
To give you some context.. I will be charting a 43'-45' monohaul in the BVI. Here is what I know.
1. Pick the right spot (I need some help here). Insure that at lowtide there will be enough depth
for the boat's draft
2. Drop the anchor and start immediatly back up directly downwind.
3. Let out 5:1 to 7:1 scope
. So, I'm assuming that is (depth at high tide + 4' above the waterline) * 7. For 12' of high tide depth
.. that is (12+4)*7 = 112'.. which seems like a lot.
4. Continue backing to "set" the anchor.
5. After you feel the "set", continue with reverse gear
and give it some throttle to insure that the anchor holds.
My problem is:
1. If I come into a crowded anchorage.. how should I select my spot? I realize that if I end up abeam another anchored boat.. my stern is likely to clip their bow (or vice versa) if the wind
shifts 90 deg. So, I'm assuming the best place to drop is directly behind another anchored vessel? What is the best etiquette?
2. On my first bareboat charter
(Croatia).. the water
depth dropped of rapidly from the shore. We felt forced to anchor near the shore due to the depth. The problem was... a wind
shift.. even for a little bit.. would put us on the shore. We thought about putting an anchor off the stern.. but the depths would be > 30'. What do you do in this case? Is this an issue in the BVI?
3. When retrieving an anchor using an electric windlass
... do you start pulling up the rode
the second you start to motor
4. We did such a poor job of anchoring (and were so close to shore) on the first trip that we established an all night anchor watch. Does anyone else do this or do they "set it and sleep"?
5. How much wind can you expect to handle before you should worry that the anchor will drag (giving average anchoring conditions)?
Thanks to ANYONE who can provie ANY advice!